Lentil Soup with Sausage and Kale

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I got this recipe from my brother, Brian, and his girlfriend Laura. Brian mentioned to me that Laura made it during a recent visit and that it was good the first night and better the second. That sounded great to me, since I love...

Beer Bread

Beer Bread

This is a great tasting and easy loaf of bread. I’ve made beer bread before from a couple different recipes, but this one is my favorite so far. It’s slightly sweet and the crust is great (probably from the melted butter you bake on...

Penne Salami Bake

Penne Salami Bake

I love this meal. It’s not anything special, but for some reason I really like it. It’s a different way to eat pasta, it has a great flavor, and it’s so nice and cheesy! It also has a good memory associated with it –...

Chili and Cornbread

Chili and Cornbread

Mike’s cousins, Scott and Alissa, were up visiting from Kentucky this weekend, and we had them over for dinner on Saturday night. Since a bunch of us were getting together to play games later that night, I decided to make something fairly simple and...

Beef Tortellini Soup and Irish Brown Bread

Beef Tortellini Soup and Irish Brown Bread

I definitely don’t use my slow cooker often enough. And each time I do, I’m reminded of just what a wonderful convenience it is to come home from work and have dinner completely ready. This past week I made beef stew with tortellini from...

Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day

I have a tendency to give in to the cliches and try to have as many heart-shaped things as I can on Valentine’s Day. Unfortunately I lost my heart-shaped cookie cutter somewhere at my brother’s house, so I was unable to make heart shaped...

Carmelitas

Carmelitas

I’m always looking for an excuse to try new cookie recipes. Thankfully my workplace is perfect for that sort of thing – we’re always celebrating somebody’s birthday or some holiday with “treats”. This past week we had a birthday celebration and I took advantage...

Birthday Dinner

Birthday Dinner

On Sunday I made dinner for Mike’s parents and sister. It was Mike’s mom’s birthday and I was pretty nervous about this – actually I’m pretty nervous about making dinner for anybody but Mike. On the menu was pot roast, carrots, mashed potatoes, english...

Bugs Bunny Bars

Bugs Bunny Bars

These are my favorite chocolate chip bars. As a general rule, I think that chocolate chip cookies should remain as cookies, because somewhere in the transformation to cookie bars they become dry and somehow just don’t taste as good. That is not true of...

English Muffin Toasting Bread

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This bread is great. Really, it’s wonderful. Katie gave me this recipe after telling me how much her whole family likes it, and it definitely lived up to my expectations. It’s not dense at all, which is a nice change. There are just so...